I Hate Vista

Is it possible to downgrade to XP through Dell as I wish I had chosen that option now.  Vista is more trouble than Its worth. It wont run FS2004 without big issues not to mention other games.  Its security drives me potty and it seems I spend my time tweeking and experimenting with this OS rather than getting on with what I I would rather be doing.
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LeahcimAz
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Go buy a Retail copy of XP. Install, Download drivers from Dell Support, and compute away.
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Boyd B
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@LeahcimAz wrote:
Go buy a Retail copy of XP. Install, Download drivers from Dell Support, and compute away.

 

Better hurry though. Microsoft discontinues selling Windows XP officially June 30, 2008.
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I have a couple of copies of windows 98 se kicking around so could I get away with an upgrade copy of XP home sp2 rather than a full retail which is vastly overpriced.

 

If I format the HDD to install XP instead of  Vista what happens to my warranty?

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Boyd B
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@Maturecheese wrote:

I have a couple of copies of windows 98 se kicking around so could I get away with an upgrade copy of XP home sp2 rather than a full retail which is vastly overpriced.

 

If I format the HDD to install XP instead of  Vista what happens to my warranty?


 

I am not sure about the warranty. You might want to contact Dell support with this question. I also am not sure about the Dell XP drivers for your system. On other brand systems, you could indeed, run the Windows XP Home upgrade setup and at some point in the install process, you would be asked to insert the original earlier OS version disk in the CD\Rom drive to verify that the system is qualified for the Winows XP Home version upgrade. After the verification, the setup would continue normally. The only question that comes to mind is the issue of loading the Dell motherboard chipset drivers. The XP upgrade disk will not have these drivers, so the hard drive will not be recogonized and the setup will fail. Others have slipstremed these drivers into the OS and installed without any issues. Hope this helps.
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LeahcimAz
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Questions?

 

1) What price did you get on an upgrade.

 

 

And it will not void your warranty, BUT you MAY have to reload Vista if you have a problem with your computer. It is up to the Tech depending on what the problem is.

 

Mike

 

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Thanks for the help esp Boyd.  Whatever the problems I really don't have a lot of choice as Vista is not a lot of good to meSmiley Sad.  I had better swot up on slipstreamingSmiley Sad.

 

As an after thought could I load the xp chipset drivers on to a USB stick and then load them before xp by using the bios to set the boot priority?  Probably not as an OS is probably needed.

Message Edited by Maturecheese on 05-28-2008 11:58 AM
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Boyd B
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I can certainly understand the "Vista" issue. I used Vista from the early days of beta testing, but when it went RTM, I chose not to use it. I still had it on a test system to use when people called for help on their newly acquired Vista system. I only stsrted using it as my primary system when I purchased the Dell XPS 420 with Vista pre-installed. I had to tweak it a great deal, in order to get it to the point I was comfortable with it. I do have some propriatary surveilence software that will only run on XP that I use on the other system. This may be your situation also. However, if you get into Vista and tweak all the permission distractions, you would find Vista to be acceptable I am sure. It does take some getting use to though. Good luck on your converting to XP.
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LeahcimAz
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If you answer my Question you may not have to buy an upgrade disk.
Message Edited by LeahcimAz on 05-28-2008 10:27 AM
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Leahcimaz I can get an upgrade xp Home sp2 for £87 on Amazon.  I already own an upgrade copy without sp2 but its on my other pc and I want to keep it on that

 

Boyd is this what you were refering to re slpistreaming? 

 

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Install-Windows-XP-On-SATA-Without-a-Floppy-F6-47807.shtml

 

 

The only prob I see with this procedure is that It is normally pretty impossible to copy windows XP on to another disc.  Isn't there built in copy protection?

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